Hey Readers! I’ve been a little too MIA lately as work and the summer gets away from us.
I’m sitting here now watching the evening news and trying to cool down from another 90-degree day. Whew!
It’s been steamy here that is for sure. The kids spent the day playing with the hose and dumping buckets on themselves. We hope to do some swimming tomorrow and if we go we will make a day of it. I will be the good mom and pick up donuts on the way to my dad’s take the kids to breakfast before we head out to the pool at grandpa’s house.
It will be good to kiss the house goodbye tomorrow and leave behind the stuffiness and head to the comfort and relief of the pool.
While I’m watching the news though, the reporters remind me of something more important than keeping myself cool as the temperature will no doubt climb again tomorrow. Instead, they have reminded me of just how fatal those high summer temperatures can be to a child inside a car.
Every year we get busier and our lives get more hectic and every year children somehow become trapped in hot cars. Whether children are left unattended to play in a car or busy parents rush off – to work, to the store, and even to places like grandpa’s house -it happens to someone, somewhere. No one intentionally forgets their child is in a car or means for them to be hurt, but it does happen and it happens more often than you think.
According to the website kidsandcars.org, from 2002 to 2007, 16 percent of children die because they are left in a hot car. It doesn’t seem like a big number but this year alone, there have been 17 heatstroke automobile deaths in children.
These are preventable deaths.
If you aren’t sure how you can prevent your family from suffering the loss of these parents, check out the Heat Stroke Fact sheet for more statistics and how you can prevent something like this from happening to you.
As the summer winds down and we prepare for the busy back to school schedules, I couldn’t pass up the chance to tell you that you never know how or if you will be touched by a tragedy such as this. Have a safe and enjoyable summer.
I hope to be back next week with some more blogging and some get ready for school posts but until then, please remember:
We can replace just about everything in our lives… Except for our children.
(You can also check out my featured site for this week – replacing the Wednesday Website: Baby Alert – which offers safety products for your home including the Child Minder System).
*This post is not an endorsement of any products or websites and was created purely on the interest of the author.